The healthy effect of sport on the body as well as the personal well-being is widely known. But sufficient exercise is also effective regarding the prevention and treatment of severe diseases such as cancer. Stronger blood circulation, caused by physical activity, stimulates all processes in the body. Current scientific medical studies reveal that sport and exercise, in combination with a healthy diet, contribute to the prevention of certain types of cancer and positively affect the course of disease.
Cancer prevention – Training against the risk
Regular exercise supports health and performance. It does not only strengthen the heart, circulatory system and musculature, but also the immune system and personal well-being. Medical science considers physical activity an important means of prevention against cardiovascular problems, the reduction of bones and muscle mass, diabetes and several other diseases. The effect of sport in the prevention of certain types of cancer, however, is a comparatively new field of medical research. Comprehensive epidemiological studies among 40,000 to 120,000 participants have shown that regular physical activities reduce the risk of tumour diseases by 20 to 50 percent. The risk reduction for intestinal cancer, for instance, is 40 to 50 percent, for breast cancer 20 to 40 percent. Certain sports like walking, jogging or cycling are particularly effective. The reinforcement of the body’s defense mechanisms improves the ability to recognize and fight malignant cells.
Experts also underline the close relation between exercise and nutrition in regard to cancer prevention. Both factors influence the individual weight management, which is also crucial to cancer prevention, since overweight aids the emergence of tumours.
Cancer treatment – Training against the disease
Sport and exercise as a treatment against cancer – at first glance, this might seem paradoxical, because patients have to face a long and exhausting therapy. But the healing effect of sport is not only preventive, but also contributing to the curative phase. Those who already exercise during treatment can often handle chemotherapy better: Side effects are attenuated and the pain is reduced. Furthermore, several national and international studies prove that the prognosis for active cancer patients has a positive development. For intestinal and breast cancer, an improvement of up to 40 percent can be noticed. In general, an individual training helps against exhaustion and depression. Patients feel more motivated and optimistic. Overcoming weak moments during training helps to cope with the disease. Especially in defiance of the generally-weakened immune system, active patients gain motivation to fight the disease with strength and confidence. In order to take advantage of positive effects, but avoid overexertion, it is completely up to the treating doctor to decide which training program is advisable for the respective patient.
Support and motivation with the JogStyle from Omron
Cancer is only one example from a variety of diseases which can be positively influenced by sufficient exercise. A health-conscious and active lifestyle improves quality of life and strengthens the body’s defense mechanisms and performance. A lack of motivation is often the main reason for neglecting physical activities. Easy-to-use training computers, such as the JogStyle from Omron Healthcare, provide support on the way to a more active lifestyle. Besides the usual running data like distance, time and speed, the handy activity monitor measures calorie consumption, burned fat and counts daily steps. By quickly seeing personal success, the user is driven to more physical activity and has already made the first steps on the path to a more health-conscious lifestyle.
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